10 things you need to know before the opening bell

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Mnuchin defends the dollar. In Wedensday’s Financial Times, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin was quoted as saying Trump was “absolutely not” trying to talk down the dollar during a recent interview with The Wall Street Journal.

Fed rate hike odds are falling. The market sees a 43.7% chance the Fed hikes in June or sooner, that’s down from 66.5% just over a week ago.

Euroarea inflation slows. Euroarea annual inflation came in at 1.5% in March, down from the 2% reading in Febraury, according to Eurostat data. Transport fuels (+0.48%) had the biggest upward impact while telecommunication and package holidays (both -0.09%) had the biggest downward impact.

Audi’s CEO says China’s premium car market is going to explode. “We will expect significant growth,” Audi CEO Rupert Stadler said the Shanghai Auto Show. “It doesn’t matter if it comes in two years or three years. But at least from a 10-year perspective we see growth.”

The British pound is holding onto its gains. The pound surged as much as 2.6% on Tuesday after UK Prime Minister Theresa May called for early elections. While sterling is off its best levels of Tuesday, it has held onto the bulk of its gains, trading little changed at 1.2830 against the dollar.

Yahoo’s last report beats. The search giant earned $US0.18 per share on revenue of $US833.8 million during the first quarter in what was its last report before the Verizon acquisition closes.

IBM’s revenue falls for a 20th straight quarter. Total revenue fell 2.8% to $US18.16 billion in the first quarter. However, revenue from “strategic imperatives” such as cloud-based services, security software, and data analytics jumped 12% to $US7.8 billion.

Stock markets around the world are mixed. China’s Shanghai Composite (-0.8%) trailed in Asia and Germany’s DAX (+0.3%) leads in Europe. The S&P 500 is set to open higher by 0.2% near 2,347.

Earnings reporting heats up. Morgan Stanley reports ahead of the opening bell while American Express, eBay, and Qualcomm release their quarterly results after markets close.

US economic data is light. The Fed’s Beige Book will cross the wires at 2 p.m. ET. The US 10-year yield is higher by 3 basis points at 2.20%.

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